The James Beard Foundation Welcomes OpenTable as House Purveyor of Hospitality Solutions for Prestigious Culinary Arts Organization

JBHWe are proud to announce that OpenTable has become the House Purveyor of Hospitality Solutions for the James Beard Foundation (JBF), a non-profit organization at the center of America’s culinary community, dedicated to exploring the way food enriches our lives.

In our role as House Purveyor of Hospitality Solutions, OpenTable now serves as the reservation and guest management provider for the historic James Beard House, which hosts dining events showcasing culinary artists and renowned guest chefs from around the world.  In addition, OpenTable is honored to serve the Foundation’s Greens events, Chefs & Champagne®, and  the JBF Gala: Women in Whites.

“At the James Beard House we’re continually striving to bring extraordinary culinary experiences to our guests,” said Kristopher Moon, Director of Charitable Giving and Strategic Partnerships for the James Beard Foundation. “The OpenTable guest and floor management solutions and real-time, online reservation capabilities enable us to further enhance the booking and dining experience for our guests while at the same time simplifying our front-of-house operations.” Continue Reading

Dining with the Stars: All Stars Take NYC; Aaron Paul Breaks Bread in LA; Kanye Brunches in SF + More Celeb Sightings

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No word on whether Shooter McGavin checked his wedge at Social Bar.

Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…

Cliff Lee of the Phillies had a meal at Arlington Club Steakhouse in Manhattan. [NY Post]

* Baseball players Yoenis Céspedes and 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout tucked into some steak at Benjamin Steakhouse in New York City. [NY Post]

* Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul had a date-night dinner with his wife at Beso in Hollywood. [People]

* New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ate at Caravaggio in Manhattan. [NY Post]

* Singers Missy Elliot and Mary J. Blige had a drama-free dinner at Catch in New York’s Meatpacking District. [NY Post]

* America’s sweetheart Katie Couric dined at Da Silvano in NYC. [NY Post]

* TODAY host Matt Lauer feted his colleague Savanna Guthrie on her engagement at Isola Trattoria in NYC’s Soho. [NY Post]

Salma Hayek and Famke Jannsen were both spottted, separately, at the Lobby Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental. [NY Post]Continue Reading

On Our Plate: Restaurant Weeks from Baton Rouge to the Big Apple — and Everywhere in Between!

Baton Rouge Restaurant WeekHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Baton Rouge Restaurant Week is on like Donkey Kong. Don’t miss three courses for $15-$35, through July 20.

* dineLA is in full effect! Make a reservation for $15, $20 or $25 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners, through July 26.

* Howard County Restaurant Weeks have begun. Book for special prix-fixe menus from $10.13-$40.13, through August 5.

* University City Dining Days returns. Choose from three courses at three prices — $15, $25, or $35 – through August 1.

* Queens Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week starts tomorrow. Special three-course meals available, July 19-28.

* SJ Hot Chefs Farm to Fork Week arrives on Sunday! Order up $25-$25 four-course gourmet dinners at South Jersey’s best restaurants, July 21-July 27.

* Taste of Burlington reservations kicks off this weekend. $15-$20 lunches and $30 – $40 dinners, July 21-August 5.

* Restaurant Week Columbus is almost upon usEnjoy special three-course, prix-fixe meals for $15-$35 to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, July 22-27.

* Gwinnett Restaurant Week is begins next week. Order up three-course gourmet dinners for $21.21, July 22-25Continue Reading

Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Artichokes

artichokeLike many of our most interesting foods, artichokes don’t look like the most inviting of ingredients. In fact, they look downright defensive, with their armadillo-like, be-thorned outer petals. While artichokes’ exteriors belie the deliciousness inside, you can bet it’s there; it just takes a bit of work to get to the big, tasty reveals, be they the meaty goodness at the base of the prickly petals or the tender heart hidden beneath the scratchy choke. Low in calories, high in fiber, and rich in nutrients, such as vitamin C, folate, and magnesium, artichokes are also thought to help detox the liver, which is why I love grilled artichokes with a martini. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about artichokes in recent restaurant reviews.

25 Lusk, San Francisco, California: “The cocktails were great — as was the wine and food. We had a tomato and artichoke bisque and pork cheeks for our first course.”

Amada, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “Great tapas plate. The standouts were parmesan artichokes and bacon-wrapped dates.”

Bess Bistro, Austin, Texas: “I loved the scallops and fried artichokes. Compliments to the chef.”

Bocca, New York, New York: “My crispy-skinned salmon with artichoke hearts and fingerling potatoes was a real winner. ”

Campo 185, Palo Alto, California: “Squash blossoms with crispy Roman artichokes was outstanding.”

Catch, San Francisco, California: “Try the artichoke heart and Dungeness crab tempura appetizer — amazing.”

Core de Roma, West Chester, Pennsylvania: “The artichoke appetizer is wonderful; I recommend that to anyone.”

Crossroads, Los Angeles, California: “Artichoke oysters are the best!”

Cucina Urbana, San Diego, California: “The candy beet salad with tempura artichoke, mâché, and horseradish balsamic was AWESOME.”

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